Engineers of Tomorrow

Engineers of Tomorrow 2021 competition

The UK skills competition for young security and fire engineers and apprentices

The highly respected Engineers of Tomorrow competition showcases the talent and ability of the next generation of security and fire systems installers from across the United Kingdom. The competition raises the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunity they represent to close the skills gap within the sector.

Apprentices will compete at FIREX International and IFSEC International, taking place at ExCeL London on 12-14 July.  

Dates to keep in mind for 2021 are currently as follows:

Regional heats take place between February and April 2021, where apprentices will take part in a live installation challenge. The top 24 apprentices will then proceed to the semi-final at IFSEC International and FIREX International 2021, taking place on 12-14 July at ExCeL London. With visitors from diversified sectors, FIREX International is where the fire safety and security industries meet. The winners of the fire and security competitions will be announced at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards, taking place on 23 November 2021.


Register for FIREX International to watch the semi-final live at ExCeL London on 12-14 July.

What is the competition about?

Employer benefits

There are many benefits for employers in putting forward their apprentices to take part in the competition:  


  • Free exposure of your business to the entire security sector
  • Demonstrate to clients your commitment to employee development
  • Encourage the development of young engineers 
  • Promote of your young talent, and give them the chance to win up to £1,000 in cash
  • You will be given a complimentary seat at the Security Excellence Awards with your winning apprentice(s)


Not only will participation highlight the company's skilled workforce, but it will also give you great exposure to the FIREX high-quality audience.

Competitor benefits

There are a lot of great reasons why you should enter the Engineers of Tomorrow competition:


  • Prove your skills on an international platform
  • Raise your profile in the industry
  • Be in with a chance of winning heat prizes, which will be presented on each day of the competition 
  • Stand a chance to win up to £1,000 in cash
  • Overall winners will be presented with their awards at the Security & Fire Awards in London


Be the star performer in your company's workforce, and get great exposure to the FIREX high-quality audience. 

Stakeholders involved in the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition are Skills for Security, CSL, NSI, SSAIB, and Texecom Academy, while additional support comes from the BSIA. In addition, several manufacturers have demonstrated their own commitment to the event. Advanced and Apollo – both part of the Halma Group – have donated products for the fire competition.

2019 Security Winners

1st Place:
Adam Smylie & Scott McNab from Beacon Fire & Security
2nd Place:
Frazer Armstrong from Specialist Fire & Security and Glen Brown from Scan Alarms
3rd Place:
Matthew Eminson from Chubb
3rd Place:
James Beavon from Chubb

2019 Fire Winners

1st Place:
Callum Tootle & Chris Lomax from EFT Systems
2nd Place:
Michael Battersby from Evolution & Stephen Gray from Forest Security Alarms